History on a Plate: The Lyric Feature 7.00pm RTÉ lyric fm
Third programme in the six-part radio documentary series that takes real recipes from Irish food history and puts them back on the menu. The presenters are historian Juliana Adelman and restaurant critic Catherine Cleary, while chef Domini Kemp re-creates the long-lost recipes.
This third instalment tells the story of French celebrity chef Alexis Soyer's visit to Ireland in the depths of the famine to build a model soup kitchen.
Soyer's biographer, Ruth Cowen, describes the flamboyant French man and explains how one who cooked for the rich could produce such a thin soup for the poor. His trip to Dublin started the small relief efforts to combat mass hunger.
Economic historian Cormac Ó Grádá recalls official responses to the crisis and chef Catherine Fulvio reveals a surprising discovery on her family's land. In the kitchen Domini Kemp cooks Alexis Soyer's famine soup with vegetable trimmings and a tiny portion of meat. Finally, food historian Mairtín Mac Con Iomaire describes the impact of foreign chefs who followed in Soyer's footsteps.